SMUD helping teachers help students develop career paths in saving energy High school juniors and seniors learn workforce skills in growing green energy industry
Here is an extra credit summer school class that can deliver a real career opportunity. The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is pairing teachers with students this summer for weeklong courses in green industry, energy efficiency, and classroom energy auditing. SMUD's Auditing, Conservation and Teaching project (ACT) links energy education with workforce skills development and experience.
ACT is part of SMUD's services in support of voter-approved Proposition 39. Prop 39 is the Clean Energy Jobs Act passed by California voters in 2012. SMUD has developed and is delivering this program to prepare the next generation of energy professionals who will be trained to make the most of every kilowatt. Not only are students trained in the latest energy efficiency auditing techniques that will help them identify energy waste and maximize energy potential, but they will also earn a $400 stipend for their time. Participating teachers will earn $1,500.
The skills they learn will be directly applied to improve their own school communities by helping their schools save money by reducing energy consumption. Students will use their new skills to audit their own high school, then prepare a report and present their findings to their peers, administrators and other local officials. They will also visit middle schools to lead younger students in classroom energy audits and teach them how to save energy.
Students have been selected from eight school districts throughout SMUD's Sacramento County service territory. Students from four of the districts will come together to participate in one weeklong class, while students from the other four districts will do the same in another weeklong class. They will learn about the green energy industry, energy efficiency and electrical load auditing and develop workforce skills through theoretical classroom lessons and practical field work.
Participating school districts are Center, Elk Grove, Folsom Cordova, Natomas, Sacramento City, San Juan and Twin Rivers Unified School Districts, and the Galt Joint Union High School District.
For more information about SMUD and its energy-saving programs and services, visit smud.org.
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Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)
6201 S St
United States, 95852-1830